Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is the process of improving the visibility of web content in search engines using an understanding of search engines' processes and algorithms. Also known as "natural" or "organic" search, it is distinct from paid web advertising.

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What hreflang value, should I use for country selectors?

So our website supports 3 different languages (RU, EN and LT), <link rel="alternate" href="http://example.com/" hreflang="lt" /> <link rel="alternate" href="http://en.example.com/" ...
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How to prevent an unflattering article from ranking for my name?

I got requested from my client that they were recorded with a hidden camera about something they didn't want public from a TV channel and an article was written about all this where my client's name ...
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Webmaster google tools show me duplicate content on the same page after removed the php extention

When i use the option Fetch as Google... show me the follow problems duplicate content meta title the story of.... ...
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Is it OK for SEO to host product manuals from the manufacturer myself, or should I link externally?

I run an eCommerce website and I have been thinking about adding PDF downloads to my product pages. These manuals and product sheets are typically hosted by the product manufacturer, though not all ...
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Do Google results differ between states? Sales are not coming from expected regions despite appearing to rank

I manage a website that sells snow-related products. It ranks pretty well in Google. Oddly though, of the states that typically receive snow in the US, in 2015, only people from 2 states have ...
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Domain Used in the past will affect Current SEO Project [duplicate]

I am doing SEO of an domain, the domain is 16 years old and used by same person for multiple businesses in the past. Currently it is using for a business from last 5 years. The company is in the field ...
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Is Fabelsources a valid blacklist and does it affect SEO to be listed on here?

I found my IP address was listed on Fabelsources. When I contacted my web host (Hostgator), I was told it's not a valid blacklist and won't affect SEO and Google ranking. I'd just like to hear what ...
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Would moving my site to a new domain host fix a spam blacklisting?

I noticed my domain was listed on the blacklist site, Fabelsources. According to the first paragraph of the information I looked up, it said: Someone or something on your network sent spam to the ...
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Index “Lazy Loading” images in Bing and Baidu

I read this questions: Lazy loading images and effects on SEO Is this a good approach to image Lazy Loading for SEO? The responses make it clear that there LazyLoad works well in google, but I ...
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Should I use a canonical link which refers to the current URL in a pagination?

I know there are similar questions. But they either was not what I was looking for OR I did not understand them fully, therefore I am asking here. My situation At the moment I am using rel prev and ...
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Google indexing the home page multiple times with spammy and trademarked parameters

I am helping a client figure out some weird URL issue and I am stumped! Google Webmaster tools shows a couple of hundred "pages" that essentially don't exist and look pretty spammy, also using wording ...
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SEO strategy for dynamic images ( PHP + GD )

I have several images which are generated by using PHP + GD. They consist of a background image, and colored lines drawn on top of the images. As the possible combinations depend on the behaviour of ...
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Shall I add hreflang on pagination sites which are using rel=“prev” and rel=“next”?

At the moment I am using the current solution for pagination (without the view-all solution): <link rel="prev" href="http://www.example.com/category/blablabla/page/2" /> <link rel="next" ...
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Does using h4 and h5 tags in a list of products improve SEO?

This is borderline 'too broad', but I'm hoping for some documentation about this, which is hard to find. Think of a webshop, specifically a product overview. The products themself need html to be ...
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Do links in PDFs hosted online count as backlinks

Do links in PDFs hosted online count as backlinks, and if they do does hyperlink text in a PDF count as anchor text for that backlink ?
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In Google Search Console, what is “Update” on Search Traffic?

Under Google Search Console -> Search Traffic -> Search Analytics, I see an "Update" as in the screenshot. Does it mean that there was an algorithm update from Google on this date?
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Rankings in first page of search results but getting almost no traffic?

I'm working on the ecommerce rossanoferretti.com and I'm trying to improve the SEO. I'm in the first page for some specific key phrase that could potentially drive 500K users to the website, but the ...
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Does when configuring a new Google Analytics account from the old impact search engine optimization?

The current Google Analytics account had been set-up by another party and we are looking at bringing this in-house. Losing historical data isn't a concern since this can be exported and referenced via ...
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Should we include images in sitemap to index?

The sitemap of my website is currently indexing only posts and pages. It is not indexing the media content that is images and attachments. Is it a good idea not to submit images for indexing. If not ...
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Splitting out keywords for company names into separate words

Where do I draw the line on meta keywords separation? For example, if my company name is acme industries, do search engine crawlers come along and look at each comma separated value as a separate ...
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Do query string case differences affect whether a URL is Canonical?

If I have two URL's where the only difference is the case of the query string: http://example.com?param=TEST http://example.com?param=test Are they both considered equal by search engines? I know ...
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Why are my sitelinks so weird and not being updated?

I've done efforts to improve my sitelinks months ago, and they still make no sense. I've made sure I have the same header in all pages (~10mm) and that they are inside . Still I'm seeing a a sitelink ...
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Is responsive content penalized by search engines? [duplicate]

I want to know if I use server-side technology to detect mobile devices and render different content for mobile and desktop users, will my site be penalized by search engines? It looks something ...
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Brand name as keyword for a brand.com site. How to make it appear in search?

I am working on a website for a client, and even though the site ranks extremely well for various different keywords (which is good), if I search for the site's name the homepage does not appear even ...
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XML Sitemap upload for Wordpress site

I had previously used an XML Sitemap auto generator on the AIOSEO plugin but wanted to make some changes to the prioritization of some of the URLs that I could not change through the functions of the ...
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Is linking to primary sources or secondary sources better for SEO?

Okay, so here is a question based on my old-school journalism training/knowledge versus my modern web developer knowledge. Does using primary sources for a linked URL versus a secondary source have ...
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What are the best SEO practices when changing domain names?

I'm using the Yoast SEO plugin on a WordPress site on a new, more memorable domain to replace an old static HTML site with no SEO. I've followed Google's documentation for moving a site, set up 301 ...
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Does background video affect SEO?

Does the extra loading time that a background video has, affect SEO? Or that does not really affect it because the HTML already loaded and the video is just streaming after? Does it make a difference ...
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Will it affect SEO if site is move to a hosting company in another country? [duplicate]

I have a personal blog made with WordPress and it's hosted in my country (east europe). Will it affect my rankings if I move my website to another hosting company located in New York?!
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Google is indexing pages with old URLs

I run a doctor directory website. It has profile pages on individual doctors. This was the url structure: www.example.com/docprofile/23/ We recently changed the url structure to: ...
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Stop Google from crawling proxied pages but still allow the proxy itself to be found via search engines

I have a proxy at http://rahul2001.com/proxy/ I site can be 'proxied' by like this: http://rahul2001.com/proxy/proxy.php/http://site-to-be-proxied.example.com/ The problem is that Google seems to be ...
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Is duplicating content from other websites onto your own website good or bad for SEO? [duplicate]

I built a website by copying content from other sites. Is that OK from an SEO perspective?
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What is the purpose of a hidden rel=dofollow link?

I recently took over webmaster duties for a website and found the following item repeated on every page of the site. <div style="position: absolute; top: 0px; left: -6500px;"> Websites ...
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Is it okay to have irrelevant text in paragraph tags?

My Magento site and theme has a total of 30 paragraphs (<p>) in the source code of the product page. Only 5 are relevant to the product. Others include the the welcome message, phone number, ...
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How to check SEO progress

So I've been in the process of transferring to a new site for around 5 months now (old host slowed down the process as much as possible). I'm now in a situation where my new host is charging me for 5 ...
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False Duplicate Content On Moz Report

We are using Salesforce's Visualforce to run one of our websites. We use Moz to monitor SEO issues. Moz has identified more issues pages than we have - see the attached image. We have only a few ...
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Can I have duplicate merchant descriptions for different subpages?

Let's say we are maintaining a website that offers cashback. Let's also say that cashback isn't well known in our country but voucher codes are. That's why we'd like to be found on the search term ...
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Does minifying HTML have an impact on SEO?

What happens when I minify my HTML in SEO terms? I mean, I minified my HTML which means that every <meta... /> tag is being placed on one line. Will this affect my SEO at all?
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Does processing content dynamically using Javascript or PHP have an effect on SEO? [duplicate]

Does it effect my Google organic search ranking whether my html content is dynamic or static? Let's say that I'm using Javascript to display html code dynamically based on some user behavior, or ...
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SEO for Audio Files

I have a new client who runs an internet radio station. His site has hundreds of previously recorded shows and I would like to optimize the audio files for SEO as much as possible. I've consider ...
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Is using the Open Graph Protocol helpful, harmless, or harmful to SEO?

I am doing an SEO project and I noticed that all of the meta tags have an "og" in the property attribute of the tag, such as: <meta property="og:title" content="" /> <meta property="og:type" ...
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Do search engines follow the additionalType url in microdata?

For example <div itemscope itemtype="https://schema.org/ExerciseAction"> <meta itemprop="additionalType" content="http://www.productontology.org/id/Long-distance_running"> ...
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Google “index of” pages and “Not mobile friendly”

I noticed that in webmaster tools that Google indexed 40K of "index of" pages, ie: www.mysite.com/wp-content/uploads/.... I have lot of image galleries and they are stored by Wordpress default ...
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WordPress and Google Indexing

One of my domains i am working on, the site is using wordpress and literally a barebone site. A couple of sample pages not even an SEO plugin or site map generated as yet, why? - Well i setup the ...
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How to over take brand keywords in Google SERP?

Nowadays Google gives importance to branded websites rather than displaying small players. Example, You can not over take Amazon / Snapdeal / Flipkart when it comes to Ecommerce space in online. ...
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SEO Help and Guide for Starter [duplicate]

this aftab , I am here from Dubai ,Basically I'm Java Developer , I know basic of web development also. I am started SEO self Learning . I read about onsite and offsite SEO. Anyone can suggest me ...
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SEO optimization when using same content across different urls per destination [duplicate]

We offer a service for international customers and we created different landing page to target those destinations. Now, the content is the same apart from the countries name. We would like to index ...
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How do I find, if a page has keywords from my list of keywords? [closed]

I have list of keywords / phrases which based on SEO research I find as optimal. What is the best practice to check if a page already has the keywords / phrases from my list? The list has over 300 ...
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Empty URI segment vs. non-empty URI segment

I have URLs like this: http://example.com/33/los-angels//united-stated As you can see segment 1 is "33", segment 2 is "los-angles", segment 3 is "". Should I add - character for empty segment or ...
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Would redirecting short URLs to full long URLS harm SEO?

Posts on my website can be reached by URLs like this long version http://example.com/post/22/do-your-home-work-for-free or URLs like this short version http://example.com/post/22/ I want to use ...